Building power to resist surveillance and advance democracy

The Surveillance Resistance Lab understands state and corporate surveillance to be one of the greatest threats to migrant justice, racial equity, economic justice, and democracy. For these reasons, we challenge the surveillance state and how it increases corporate power and state violence as not just a threat to privacy, but also as a threat to fundamental rights.

To counter this threat, the Surveillance Resistance Lab engages in investigative research, campaign incubation, advocacy, and organizing. We fight for accountability and government divestment from technologies that expand systems of control and punishment (as well as suppress dissent and difference) in public spaces, schools, workplaces, and at and across borders.

We are committed to movement building and collaborating with community-based and worker-led organizations. Together, we work to build our collective knowledge and develop interventions to enhance democracy and advance socio-economic equity.

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We are currently laying the foundation for the Surveillance Resistance Lab.

The Surveillance Resistance Lab is a non-profit founded in January 2023. The Lab was formerly the Surveillance, Tech, & Immigration Policing Project, which was housed at the Immigrant Defense Project until 2022.

Illustration of a serpent-like skeleton snaking amongst  towns and cities into the horizon.
Illustration Ⓒ Fernando Marti